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Support Groups

We believe support groups are an important part of self-care for families. Support groups bring people together with common concerns who give each other encouragement and comfort and share experience and coping strategies. Support groups are helpful in creating non-judgmental spaces, lessening burn-out, promoting empowerment, and getting good feedback and insight from people who understand.

Spotlight On WRAP For Families

The Wellness Recovery Action Plan (WRAP) is an array of self-care tools that promote recovery and help identify ways to stay well and plan for distressing experiences or triggers that may occur. This includes finding out who can be part of your support system when things start going down-hill.

Oftentimes, family members focus a lot of their energy and attention on taking care of their loved one, but WRAP is a useful tool that can help anyone who wants to create positive change in the way they feel or increase their enjoyment of life-it doesn’t require a mental health diagnoses to participate and is an evidence-based model of how we all can take better care of ourselves. Please call us to find out when our next WRAP for family members will be offered.

Support Groups Offered By FERC

Family & Caregiver Support Group

1st Wednesday, 6pm-7:30pm, FERC main office, 440 Grand Ave., Suite 360, Oakland; Families with loved ones of any age. Call 510-746-1700 or our Warm Line at 888-896-3372.

Support Group for Families with a Loved One with Borderline Personality Disorder

1st Wednesday, 6pm-7:30pm, FERC main office, 440 Grand Ave, Suite 210, Oakland. For more information, contact: FERC main office (510) 746-1700. RSVP requested.

Spanish Family & Caregiver Support Group

3rd Wednesday, 6pm- 7:30pm, meets at the Marina Community Center, 15301 Wicks Blvd., San Leandro. For more information, please contact: Family Education & Resource Center (FERC) main office (510) 746-1700, the FERC Warm-line (888) 896-3372 or email co-facilitator at: Jennifer@mhaac.org

Family & Caregiver Support Group

2nd Tuesday, 5pm-6:30pm, Fremont Family Resource Center, 39155 Liberty Street, Room A120 Fremont, CA 94538. For more information, contact: FERC main office (510) 746-1700 or FERC Fremont Office (510) 790-1010

Here at FERC, we know that Alameda County is a diverse community and families may have various needs depending on language, culture, and region. In addition to FERC facilitated support groups, we also recommend attending or visiting many other family support groups in Alameda County. (If you are an Alameda County provider with a new support group, please contact us to let us know and we can list you here.)